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Why don’t more women leaders help other women?

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"Women promoted to executive roles at my company seem to do little to sponsor other women. Why is that?"

The answer to that question is simple (and sad): Because there are so few females at the top today, many women see other women as competition.

"The crab syndrome” is alive and well among women business leaders. The crab syndrome in this case is when women don't let others out of the bucket, but pull them down instead. It's a mindset of scarcity vs. abundance.

But it's in the best interest of women leaders to extend a hand back. It is a leader's responsibility to develop their talent pipeline. They must serve as sponsors and mentors and they must share their knowledge. The future of every female leader is dependent on her ability to develop other leaders.

It's important that women executives remember that someone else helped them get where they are. Other women sacrificed so much to create the opportunities they enjoy today.

Sometimes we are our own greatest enemies. That's up to us to correct. Are you using your voice to challenge your organization to advance more women? If you'd like to learn more on this topic, read my blog on The Huffington Post.

Trudy Bourgeois is happy to answer your career questions. Please email them to NEW Communications Manager Barbara Grondin Francella.

Trudy Bourgeois is founder and CEO of The Center for Workforce Excellence and the author of four books, including the most recent, Equality: Courageous Conversations about Women, Men and Race To Spark A Diversity and Inclusion Breakthrough. She previously held senior leadership roles in the consumer goods industry. 

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